PAINTING A CLOSET NAVY BLUE

July 27, 2020
David Schultz

For a long time the closet in our master bedroom was an afterthought. It was functional; it held clothes. But the walls were dinged up, scuffed up, and bland. I am glad I am married to Rachel who sees a boring closet and finds joy in improving it to make our home more pleasant for everyone. We recently painted our added laundry closet a very dark green and ended up with a similar hue here, but in the blue tones. (This color is behr “ink black” at 85%). Deep colors seem to make everything else look its best.

That is a good set up for a closet full of colorful dresses on her side and some less interesting blue dress shirts on my side. A project like this typically takes one night, so that is fun for a Friday evening at home.

I recently got a paint sprayer from graco, and it can be a great tool for something like this. The thing about sprayers is once you tape up some plastic sheeting on any areas you want to protect, the actual painting is quick.

It is ideal for painting pieces like doors too, because an even coat is applied around the little nooks and seams. I have painted a handful of six-panel doors with brushes and rollers, and it can be difficult to end up with a smooth finish on the entire surface.

Before owning one, my main hesitation about paint sprayers was the clean up of the actual machine. How can something that has paint constantly flowing through its tubes and filters ever get un-painty?

Blast water through it is the answer!

The sprayer we have came with a little attachment that you hook up to a garden hose and connect to the same tube that feeds paint into the machine. When you are ready to clean up, you just hook up the hose, turn it on and run the pump. It is like power washing the inside of the machine, which is very satisfying.

Here is a little before and after comparison of the closet!

Reflecting on this project, it is another example of the transformative power of a simple paint job. I am usually not much help in picking colors, but thankfully we have Rachel to fill that role around here, and she picked a good one. The deep blue tone is a perfect backdrop for our clothes.

We didn’t even upgrade our hangers and still have simple white plastic ones. So the lesson of this story might be just paint your closet navy blue and do nothing else and you might be really happy with it! I appreciate how good it looks when I choose my shirt each morning!

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For a long time the closet in our master bedroom was an afterthought. It was functional; it held clothes. But the walls were dinged up, scuffed up, and bland. I am glad I am married to Rachel who sees a boring closet and finds joy in improving it to make our home more pleasant for everyone. 

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WATERMELON MEMORY GAME CRAFT

July 20, 2020
Rachel Schultz

Art project, matching memory game, and counting practice all in one. That last one was really fun and sweet for the toddler age. Also a summer theme!! We used simple water colors with different shades of red, pink and green which made them turn out really pretty. We have been watercoloring a lot lately and my set is almost out. I may be ordering this one with some good shades, while still kid friendly on amazon soon. I recently got a three inch circle punch and am delighted and surprised by the number of uses I find for it. It’s not too expensive and just handy to have.

One tip is to rubber band them as soon as you’re done or they kind of end up everywhere as watermelon decorations!

MATERIALS

  1. white paper
  2. circle punch
  3. scissors
  4. watercolors
  5. brushes
  6. black marker

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut out circles out of white paper, approximately three inches in diameter. This could be using a circle punch or freehand with scissors.
  2. Paint a circle around perimeter in shades of green.
  3. Paint inside of circle with shades of red and pink.
  4. Once dry, draw same number of seeds on each side of watermelon.
  5. Cut watermelons in half.

We made eight pairs in total, but you could make as few or as many for your game as you like.

You may also like this painted binoculars craft, circle rainbowshow to actually do some art with children, and favorite kid art supplies that make it easy.

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Art project, matching memory game, and counting practice all in one. That last one was really fun and sweet for the toddler age. Also a summer theme!! We used simple water colors with different shades of red, pink and green which made them turn out really pretty. We have been watercoloring a lot lately and my set is almost out.

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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS CRAFT

July 4, 2020
Rachel Schultz

This is a quick one that is easy to pull together something fun and seasonal for a little extra july or memorial day treat. The materials are simple and all things we generally keep around. For colors I did red, white, and blue, but lots of variations would be cute and nice for anytime during summer. When using the stamps (made of straws!) sometimes you may need to do a little pressing with your hands to help the straws pick up and transfer the paint.

We use a different straw stamp for each color to help them not mix, so that was fifteen straws all together. But you could mix colors and use one stamp too.

MATERIALS

  1. black paper
  2. red, white, and blue paint
  3. fifteen bendable straws
  4. tape

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bend straws. Position straws into a five point stair orientation. Tape straws together.
  2. Stamp straws into one paint color and press onto black paper.
  3. Using a new straw stamp, paint the next color.
  4. Repeat with remaining color(s).

I found about three or four fireworks worked for an 8 x 10 piece of paper. Happy fourth of july!!

You may also like this painted binoculars craft, circle rainbowshow to actually do some art with children, and favorite kid art supplies that make it easy.

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PRE-ORDER NOW:  AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

This is a quick one that is easy to pull together something fun and seasonal for a little extra july or memorial day treat. The materials are simple and all things we generally keep around. For colors I did red, white, and blue, but lots of variations would be cute and nice for anytime during summer.

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